Chris Matthews apologizes for making 'Cosby pill' joke before Hillary interview

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Chris Matthews apologizes for making 'Cosby pill' joke before Hillary interview

In a video unearthed by NY magazine, Matthews can be seen making a few inappropriate - and sexist - jokes about then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of a January 5, 2016, interview.

Network footage obtained by the Cut shows Matthews, during the interview setup, making a couple of "jokes" about Clinton.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign's communication director and a longtime Democratic operative, said watching the Matthews tape "makes me feel ill". He said, "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry".

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"Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?" he quips seconds later, prompting nervous laughter and stunned faces from those around him.

Cosby has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault - often with the use of date-rape pills. "Precious waters?" said Matthews, host of his nightly show "Hardball". While the footage of O'Donnell was embarrassing, it's far from making a joke about alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby - and it appears Matthews is aware of his wrongdoing. "Hardball" was hosted on CNBC at the time.

But his long tenure at the cable news network has not been without controversy, and the always-wired Matthews has been prone to inappropriate remarks. He pinched her cheek after an interview in 2008, and suggested that her political career had been advanced because her husband had "messed around. She didn't win there on her merit".

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In December, conservative news siteThe Daily Caller reported that MSNBC paid out $40,000 to one of Matthews former assistants to settle a sexual harassment complaint from 1999.

Other incidents include Matthews ogling Melania Trump, saying Sarah Palin "could not be hotter as a candidate", and asking former Sen.

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